Colorado is hands-down, the best state for skiing in the country. Don’t believe me? Search the web and you’ll find information on dozens of ski resorts in the state. If you’re looking for some fabulous powder this season, here are the top five destinations in Colorado:
This year-round resort offers excellent skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer, making it a popular destination for families all year long. If you’re looking for fabulous skiing, no matter your ability, you won’t go wrong by choosing this resort.
Less popular than its big brother, Vail, the resort is less crowded which lends to its popularity. The quaint village is full of boutiques and eateries, giving you the perfect way to spend your time off the slopes. Lift tickets can be a bit pricey so be sure to budget accordingly.
If you don’t mind crowds, or even luxuriate in them, Vail is a fabulous choice. More than 5,289 acres of ski-able land makes it easy to find trails for both beginners and experts. The terrain is incredibly varied, guaranteeing that you won’t have the same ride twice.
Lionshead Village, located at the base of the mountain, is much like other ski resort “towns”. Shop, eat and socialize with other skiers during your off-mountain time. Because of Vail’s popularity, there are a ton of activities off the slopes to enjoy as a family or couple.
The slopes, bowls and chutes of the resort draw millions of visitors each season. The town, once home to mountain mining, was almost destroyed by river dredging. Over the past 100 years, the town has been rebuilt and turned into one of the top sports resorts in the state of Colorado.
The ski resort is considered intermediate and may not be as friendly to beginners as other resorts in the state. Those who are sure on their skis, however, will find the Blue-Black trails and exhilarating ride. Dog sledding, gold mine tours and snow shoeing are popular activities off-slope.
A seven month ski season guarantees that you can plan you vacation when it’s convenient for you. The resort is sat between three mountains and features tree skiing, five bowls and slow skiing trails. Because of the diverse range of trails and runs, the resort is popular among groups who have skiers of varying ability in their parties.
Guests report that the resort is incredibly family friendly with excellent service and expert staff. Handing off your children to instructors for a day’s worth of lessons will allow you to spend some time together as a couple.
This former gold rush town has been one of the most popular resorts in Colorado for over 40 years. A wide variety of runs and spectacular scenery bring tourists from around the world to the area. Long green, relaxing runs are paired with challenging blue runs to make the mountain perfect for anyone.
The pleasant staff brings a positive atmosphere to the resort and will make you feel at home. You’ll find no shortage of great places to eat and shop when you feel like a bit of downtime.
If you’re planning a ski vacation and haven’t decided where to go, Colorado should be number one on your short list. No matter which resort you choose, you’ll find excellent runs, relaxing trails and catering staff. If you don’t yet know how to ski, no worries! Almost every resort has certified, helpful instructors that will have you off of the bunny slope in no time.
Tina Sanchez is a travel writer who also writes for the Aviva Directory, a website search advisor with lists of sites from traveling tools to marketing guidance. You can search by state, such as Tennessee or by categories, like online revenue.